PDX Bike Exhibit

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by Byron on May 07, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Traveling a lot leads to airport fatigue and there’s nothing more refreshing than seeing a bike exhibit!

The goal of the exhibit is to offer a glimpse into the role bikes play in the lives of Oregonians “ racing, replacing a car, riding up and down mountains, or just riding for the joy of it. The exhibit is organized by the Port of Portland, Sweetpea Bicycles, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Portland Development Commission.

PDX is my fav little airport and many of Webvision’s attendees will see the exhibit as they arrive.

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Cork Grips

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by Jason Swihart on May 06, 2008 at 12:38 PM

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p>I’ve been working on a new toodling-around-town bike since last summer. It’s a used 7005 Al cruiser frame I had powder-coated British racing green with a Nexus 7 (though I’m afraid I’m ultimately going to need an Alfine 8). The idea is to build a comfy, capable and elegant bike for getting groceries, riding to the outdoor cinema, etc. I’ve added a lovely and comfortable Brooks

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Best bag for carrying a Mac laptop while riding a bike?

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by Jason Swihart on May 06, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Update (5/7/08): Flickr Group

Based on the popularity of this post, Byron created a bike bags Flickr group. Pop in and upload photos of your setup–if you’re inclined, write a few words describing it and why it works for you (if you don’t have a Flickr account, you can sign up for free to share your photos). Byron loaded the Hugga Bag and has photos of the Raygun coming….

Our friend Jim Coudal needs some advice:

coudal_twitter.gif What do Bike Huggers think? Post your advice here.

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Messenger Bike at Pike Place Market

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by Mark V on May 06, 2008 at 11:22 AM

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I walked down to the market to retrieve my girlfriend’s bike, and I saw this messenger bike. Normally I wouldn’t have taken notice of a bike this beaten down, but I just had to appreciate how harsh this machine’s life must have been.

Notice the bludgeoned and dismembered Dura Ace STI still in situ. I’m pretty sure that the derailleurs were just screwed into a set position, and the rear brake was disconnected. The Chris King rear cassette hub might be the last thing salvageable on the bike. The owner didn’t even bother locking the bike at all while he went inside. I salute his cavalier attitude towards equipment maintenance and security… I just hope I am never, ever, ever invited to estimate or enact any repairs to that bike.

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Cinco de Mayo - BikeHugger Style

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by Andrew Martin on May 05, 2008 at 8:37 PM

On my commute home I ran into some party-goers. It’s kind of nice for the world to go by a little slower on a bike - you get to see a lot more cool stuff: Tacos!

Note the ‘Hugger kit - out of frame is the Crumpler Bag.

This is what caught my eye as I was rolling up Stone Way: Tacos!

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Gliding up hills in Norway—the Sykkelheis

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by Dave R. on May 05, 2008 at 1:54 PM

I often ask folks what it would take to get them to commute, and often they reply: “Well, there’s a hill on the way to my house, so make that go away…”. The Norwegian town of Trondheim has done just that by building a Bicycle Lift. The Sykkelheis or Trampe was built about 25 years ago (1993) as part of a program to improve the college town’s bicycle infrastructure. Apparently it’s the only one in the world today, but with oil over $120 a barrel maybe it won’t be the last. Maybe we can fit 5 or 6 of these around Seattle as part of the Bike Master Plan improvements? One up to 1st Hill, Queen Anne, Admiral way, Denny, Freemont and of course Your House would do just the trick.

Of course, this won’t help the fixies (it’s free-wheel only), but y’all are skinny enough already. Won’t help the wasteline of the free wheel crowd either, but hey maybe we’d finally get the Mayor out on a bike with one of these.

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Handlebar Wrap Style

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by Mark V on May 05, 2008 at 10:06 AM

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I mentioned this before, there are few things as classy as a leather-stitched handlebar. Soooo much more style than shellac’ed Tressostar finished with twine…..

Saw this on sun break this Friday past in Capitol Hill.

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Fixed from San Francisco

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by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 5:20 AM

Simplifying a bike even further, Mission builds fixies with no visible branding. They sell, “a blank canvas for design.” This one was built for Joi Ito.

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Of course, we’d ask for hugga green for ours with the hugga badge on the head tube.

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Millennium Park Ride

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by Byron on May 05, 2008 at 5:07 AM

I’m in Chicago for a quick trip, speaking at Web Design World, and rode through Millennium Park. First attraction I saw was a bicycle rental station.

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I asked and on a good day all of those get rented. Good thing they’ve got fat tires to avoid all the broken concrete.

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